The Broad-adjacent Otium opens with Damien Hirst on the menu

Architecture, Art, Interiors, West
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
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A wood clad Otium restaurant in the shadow of The Broad. (Michelle Park)

A wood clad Otium restaurant in the shadow of The Broad. (Michelle Park)

Otium, the restaurant tucked in The Broad’s Barouni olive-treed, 24,000-square-foot public plaza, quietly opened last week in Downtown Los Angeles. The sum of chef Otium Timothy Hollingsworth and restaurateur Bill Chait, a lot is riding on the eatery to enliven Grand Avenue and the Diller Scofidio + Renfro / Walter Hood pocket park.

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Malibu modern icon faced with demolition

Craig Ellwood and Jerrold Lomax's Hunt House on Malibu Road under threat.  (Steve Aldana, Esoteric Survey)

Craig Ellwood and Jerrold Lomax’s Hunt House on Malibu Road under threat.
(Steve Aldana, Esoteric Survey)

On Friday, the LA Times’ architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne reported that Craig Ellwood and Jerrold Lomax’s Hunt House in Malibu faces a demolition threat. AN reached out to several experts on Ellwood, preservation, and modern architecture for comments on what this means for Los Angeles.

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Art Center Dialing Down in Pasadena

West
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
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Art Center's Downtown Campus, located inside a former wind tunnel

Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design has always been ambitious about building. But after some pushback, it’s toning things down. Most architecture buffs know about the school’s iconic black steel hillside campus designed by Craig Ellwood, and its equally ambitious downtown campus designed by Daly Genik, located inside a former Douglas Aircraft wind tunnel.

But after its last director, Richard Koshalek, got pushed out largely for his super ambitious $150 million expansion plan, including a $45 million Frank Gehry-designed research center (many thought the school was putting more emphasis on facilities than teaching and students), the school’s new expansion plans, confirmed this week, involve renovations and smaller expansions, not big gestures, reports the Pasadena Star News.

More on the school’s future plans after the jump.

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